CBD Hemp Oils Help You Snooze
Nearly 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functions and affecting your general health and longevity. Research suggests that the plant agent cannabidiol, or CBD, improves overall sleep quality and relax your muscles due to its natural soothing compounds.
Being chronically sleep deprived, as you probably realize, is completely debilitating. Insufficient sleep, in the form of sleep disorders and sleep deprivation, has become a massive and growing concern in the U.S.
Lack of quality sleep can be caused by a number of different issues including abnormalities in the brain and nervous system, cardiovascular system, immune system and metabolic functions.
Contributing Factors for Sleep Problems:
- Hypertension and elevated cardiovascular risks
- Emotional disorders (depression and bipolar disorder)
- Obesity, metabolic syndrome
- Being overweight and/or diabetic
- Alcohol and drug abuse
Groups particularly at risk for sleep deprivation include caregivers or people who work long hours or more than one job – especially night shift workers, according to the Institutes of Health (NIH).
If you work at one of the following jobs, it’s likely you suffer from sleep issues as well:
First responders (fire and EMS)
Teens who have early school schedules
People who suffer from chronic stress and anxiety
According to a new report published by the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Sleep Medicine and Research, perhaps as many as 70 million Americans chronically suffer from a disorder of sleep and wakefulness, hindering daily functioning and adversely affecting health and longevity.
Staggering stuff, especially when you consider that the cumulative long-term effects of sleep deprivation and sleep disorders have been associated with increased risk of hypertension, diabetes, obesity, depression, heart attack, and stroke.
Sleeplessness has been linked to increased cancer risk and reduced quality of life and productivity.
An Insomnia Epidemic
To give you an idea of how pervasive the problem is, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2008 ended a massive study tracking sleep among 74,571 adult respondents in 12 states.
In reporting and translating data for 75,000 study participants, the CDC discovered:
- 3% reported getting less than seven hours of sleep during a typical 24-hour period
- 48% reported snoring and/or some form of sleep apnea
- 9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month
- 7% reported nodding off or falling asleep while driving at least once in the preceding month
Adding on to those points, according to surveys also conducted by the CDC, nearly 30% of adults reported an average of less than six hours of sleep per day while only 31% of high school students reported getting at least eight hours of sleep on an average school night.
Meanwhile, the National Department of Transportation estimates drowsy driving to be responsible for 1,550 fatalities and 40,000 nonfatal injuries annually in the U.S.
CBD Helps You Snooze Longer, Better
CBD may have a positive impact on your sleep because (or CBD) is an herbal compound found in the cannabis sativa plant that is non-psychoactive (compared to THC) and non-addictive, and has been shown to provide a range of therapeutic benefits like stress relief.
Although research on cannabis and sleep is still in its infancy, studies to date that explore CBD’s effects have produced interesting results. In a recent review article in Current Psychiatry Reports, researchers set out to summarize the state of research on cannabis and sleep, most especially on the sleep-wake cycle, otherwise known as the circadian cycles of sleep and wakefulness.
- Research shows that CBD has differential effects on the sleep-wake cycle depending on the dose that’s administered. Low-dose CBD has a mildly stimulating effect, while high-dose CBD may have a more sedating outcome.
- In a study among people with insomnia, results suggested that 160 milligrams per day of CBD increases total sleep time and decreases the frequency of arousals during the night.
In terms of CBD’s effects on sleep quality, one study investigated CBD’s effects on anxiety-induced sleep disturbances, a common issue for people who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Researchers at the CDC found that CBD blocked anxiety-induced deep-sleep cycles and purported that taking CBD oil may reduce the frustrating symptoms of insomnia and other PTSD-related sleep disturbances.
Finally, CBD may also have an impact on excessive daytime sleepiness. Causes may include some medications, medical conditions like obesity, psychiatric conditions, and sleep disorders such as narcolepsy. When you do not get adequate rest, consequences can include behavioral issues and memory impairment, which impact your overall quality of life.
Truly, insufficient sleep can have a major impact on nearly all facets of your life. New sleep breakthroughs will be used in personalized drug therapies in the near future along with other natural, healing herbal remedies like CBD.
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